Step One: Accepting Reality
It’s difficult to look in the mirror and realize you just spent four years of your life drinking cheap vodka and perfecting the art of procrastination, but don’t worry. Take comfort in knowing 75 percent of your graduating class has done the same.
So, what do you do? You take a deep breath and prepare yourself for reality.
Reality is not friendly nor is she welcoming, but she is unavoidable. Preparing for graduation means befriending her and hoping that she takes pity and allows you cross the Ted stage without a limp.
Reality bites hard when graduation starts approaching. Even if you aren’t ready, she reminds you that life is changing so it’s time to adapt or be left behind. Life is no longer about the Edge’s drink specials, football games and concerts. It’s about hunting – job hunting, apartment hunting and car hunting.
Missing class is no longer an option because the longer you delay gradation the more likely Sallie Mae is to cut you off. Moving back in with your parents is no longer a dream, it is a reality. All those unpaid parking tickets? They now have to be paid and you can thank reality for the reminder.
Reality is harsh and unforgiving, but I’ve learned to face her head on. Befriending her is the only way you and I are going to get through the next 187 days (or, if you’re lucky, 41 days). If you can accept reality, all the other perils of the impending adulthood will begin to seem less intimidating.
By: Dominique Bailey
Arts & Entertainment Editor